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ArtPrize calls for 'ambitious' public art ideas

February 10, 2016
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ArtPrize announced today a new grant program that will support “large” and “ambitious” public art entries for ArtPrize 2016.

The international art competition said it will grant a total of $55,000 directly to artists in 2016 through its ArtPrize Featured Public Projects program.

Grantees will receive between $10,000 and $15,000.

Grantees will also receive placement at four highly visible public sites in downtown Grand Rapids during the competition: Vandenberg (Calder) Plaza, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand River and Gillett Bridge.

ArtPrize 2016 will take place Sept. 21-Oct. 19 in downtown Grand Rapids.


The two-part grant application process begins today.

Interested artists are encouraged to answer a request for qualifications, or RFQ, describing their project idea for one of the four possible sites and demonstrating their experience creating large-scale public art projects.

RFQs will be accepted through 5 p.m. on March 10.

The ArtPrize Arts Advisory Council and staff will review all materials submitted, selecting two to three artists per site to move on to the second part of the application process.

During the second stage, the selected artists will each be provided a $500 stipend to complete detailed proposals.

Artists must demonstrate that projects can be built on time and on budget and will not pose a risk to the public and city infrastructure.

ArtPrize will work with artists to ensure the proposals include all of the information required by the city of Grand Rapids.

Ultimately, one proposal will be selected per site and awarded a grant.

Grant programs

ArtPrize Featured Public Projects joins an expanding portfolio of ArtPrize grant programs: Artist Seed Grants, supported by the Frey Foundation; Pitch Nights, which directly support artists’ work; Transportation Grants, which bring students to downtown Grand Rapids from across the state to explore the event; Education Days Grants, which support ArtPrize institutional partners in creating innovative programming with their artists for visiting students; Fellowship for Emerging Curators, which offers young curators the opportunity to work alongside and learn from experienced curators; and Venue Grants, which support venues in producing their ArtPrize exhibitions.

In 2015, ArtPrize said it granted $220,000 to artists, venues and educators.

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